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Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors elects new leadership team for 2022

The 2022 leadership team for the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors has been officially installed.  President Sandy Lunsford, president-elect Chris Nace, vice president Peggy Neely, …

Hull is named new Via Linda Behavioral Hospital CEO

Coldwell Banker Realty helps Almost There Rescue

Senna House Hotel to debut in Old Town Scottsdale

The tribes and trails of Arizona’s turquoise

First Responders

Scottsdale Fire deputy chief departs after 47 years of service

Jim Ford started full time in Scottsdale with Rural/Metro on Aug. 1, 1975, and joined SFD in 2005 as the deputy chief fire marshal. On Nov. 29, he said farewell. He will continue to work with the …
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High-end purses, clothing stolen from two Scottsdale consignment stores

My Sister’s Closet has been the victim of two shoplifting incidents at different locations in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Scottsdale Police officials say. My Sister’s Closet …

WM Phoenix Open preps rowdy 16th hole for return to full capacity, decibel levels

At PGA Tour events, golf fans are typically expected to be quiet and respectful. However, the Waste Management Phoenix Open breaks that standard at TPC Scottsdale’s famous – and infamous – 16th hole.

Scottsdale voters approve a new general plan — what happens now?

Scottsdale voters have approved an update to the General Plan at a special election with final steps implemented  on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
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Scottsdale lands millions from short-term rentals, seeks changes

Scottsdale City Council has reportedly sent a unified letter to the Arizona House of Representatives leader seeking changes to short-term rentals, as the municipality strengthens its regulations on …
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Records reveal domestic violence arrests across the gamut in two Arizona communities

Public records reveal hundreds of domestic violence arrests in two batches of arrest data provided to Independent Newsmedia from the Apache Junction and Scottsdale police departments. Data shows …
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Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart

Although bipartisanship seems to be rare in a polarized Washington, after Donald Trump was defeated for a second term as president, the coast was clear for Republicans to join Democrats in bashing both Russia and China.

Experts:  How vulnerable is your personal information? Here are 4 essential reads

When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?

Rittenhouse trial: The problem with public opinion for American justice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a case study in why public opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter in a court of law. Everyone, White or Black, should be able to plead self-defense. Even if the public hates them.

Sayler: Violence against women now an international crisis in America

Violence against women is an epidemic — a global health crisis. The World Health Organization estimates about 30% of women have been subject to either intimate or non-partner violence during their life. 42% of female victims of intimate partner violence report being physically injured and some have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide.

Experts: WHO needs harm reduction to escape unsuccessful tobacco strategy

Tobacco kills roughly 8 million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

Expert: Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — But what does that mean?

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations  — the U.K., India, Japan, Korea and China  — are said to be releasing about 11 million barrels in total.

Merrill: Get ready for winter; the first Arizona highways close in November

It seems like just weeks ago that Arizona was sweltering under one of the hottest summers on record, with many Arizonans seeking refuge in pools or under tall trees in high country. But those days are in the rearview mirror.

Llywelyn: Prayer apps are flooding the market, but how well do they work?

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised more than $52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow.
Kyle Thompson volunteers with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance.

Adopt a Highway: ‘All the Way to the Border’ welcomes volunteers for 45-mile cleanup along SR 286

January 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of Melissa Owens’ annual celebration of sun, fun and litter. Owens has been a part of Adopt a Highway for more than 22 years and began collaborating with neighbors and the community for more involvement seven years ago. January 2021 was similar to previous years.

Rigler: How to keep foodborne illness from spoiling holidays

The holiday season that begins on Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s means many things to many people. One thing it means to most of us is food. Meals and appetizers with family and friends help make the holiday season special. But there can be a downside to all that delicious food.
From left, Ryann Bloom, volleyball, Lee University; Acacia Connor, lacrosse, Syracuse University; McKenna Douglas, volleyball, San Diego State University; Chris Gaudio, baseball, Santa Clara University; Tommy Laporte, baseball, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Brice Martin, baseball, Benedictine, (Kansas) College; Harper Schoeneweis, softball, Charleston Southern University; John Ruvo, track and field, University of Pennsylvania; and Maddy White, sand volleyball, University of Southern California.

Nine Notre Dame Prep athletes sign Letters of Intent

Nine Notre Dame Prep student-athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the college level during the early National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
Pueblo Elementary School is a dual language immersion school with teachers instructing in both English and Spanish.

Scottsdale Schools moves forward with next elementary construction projects

The Scottsdale Unified School District governing board has approved two pre-construction services contracts to prepare for Pueblo Elementary and Tavan Elementary school construction projects.
Although there are other disciplinary measures available, policies that traditionally applied to students from kindergarten through 12th grades now include caveats like children under the age of seven cannot be suspended.

Scottsdale Unified updates policy to limit youth expulsion

Not all student discipline will fall under a blanket grouping, updated Scottsdale Unified School District policies show, as students ages 7 and under can no longer be expelled from school as a disciplinary measure.
Scottsdale Community College is 9000 E. Chaparral Road.

MCCCD seeks nominations for Scottsdale Community College president

The Maricopa County Community College District recently announced Scottsdale Community College Interim President Chris Haines will retire effective Jan. 22, 2022, and the district is searching for its next president.
School safety is at issue as the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board addresses policies on student discipline and adult behavior during public comments section.

Scottsdale Schools revise policies on wayward students, parents

Getting suspended or expelled from school is not just reserved for students but parents/community members alike as discipline for children and adults is put on the board agenda for Scottsdale public school leaders to address.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary on Dec. 12

Valley residents are invited to celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary at its 31st annual Poinsettia Tea.

19th Annual Patriotic Luncheon honors military heroes, veterans

The 19th Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon was held Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, where the Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomed guests to celebrate America’s heroes. The …

Chanukah Menorah-topped cars to parade through Paradise Valley

Chabad of Paradise Valley will share Hanukkah’s message of light and hope to Paradise Valley’s Jewish community at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, featuring a Menorah lighting by Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and car parade.

Childhelp to have annual holiday toy, clothing drive through Dec. 31

The Childhelp Holiday Toy & Clothing Drive is accepting donations of new and unused nonviolent toys, clothes and gift cards for children and families affected by abuse and neglect through Dec. 31.

Gullickson joins notMYkid Board of Directors

notMYkid, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the behavioral health needs of Arizona’s youth, has announced Emily Anne Gullickson has joined the organization’s board of directors.

From community events to extravagant galas, a group of “super” ladies is working to inspire local youths using superheroines to guide them through difficult mental or physical …

Embalming and restoring the body, and preparing the viewing room are all pieces of the puzzle that come together when it comes to a traditional viewing and burial. However, these traditional …
Arizona Foundation for Women, a state research, advocacy and philanthropy organization bringing women’s needs to the forefront, recently elected three new members to its board of …
Coldwell Banker Realty announces Ali Ozer as the new branch manager of its Biltmore-Paradise Valley offices.
Scottsdale Entertainment
Find and tour Scottsdale’s best Christmas lights on display by using apps.

Scottsdale Moms and North Phoenix Moms Holiday Light Favorites Tour returns

Sparkling lights, festive cheer and the jolliest decorations, the Scottsdale Moms and North Phoenix Moms Holiday Light Favorites Tour offers a magical activity again this season.

SMoCA shows new exhibition focused on equity and diversity

A collection of recent acquisitions, representing a focus on equity and diversity, is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The artworks on view were all added to the SMoCA …
Artlink will hold its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala during month-long Art Detour in March 2022.

Artlink to hold 9th annual gala in March 2022

A Valley nonprofit, Artlink, is hosting its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala on March 11, 2022 at Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., in Phoenix, to raise funds for programs that support Arizona’s arts and culture community.

Classical music bottom of the charts, does it belong there?

Experts rank classical music as a genre last — citing only a 1% volume share — however professional musicians in the Valley of the Sun point to a stronger tie between symphony and …
From left, Brianne Gobeski, Henry Male, Jay Melberg, Adam Gobeski, Noel Irick, Val Stasik and Peter J. Hill.

Fountain Hills Theater presents holiday musical

Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of 13 Days of Christmas, featuring 13 holiday tales with traditional and unique holiday music for the whole family, plus stories of the holiday season, playing Dec. 3 - 19.
Desert Ridge Marketplace will kick off holiday celebrations, beginning with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Desert Ridge Marketplace kicks off holiday season with tree lighting event

Desert Ridge Marketplace will light up with a plethora of holiday celebrations, beginning with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20, and other events scheduled through Dec. 31.
Valley Youth Theatre puts 2021-2022 season on hold

Valley Youth Theatre puts 2021-22 season on hold

In conjunction with its Physician Advisory Panel, Valley Youth Theatre will continue to pause its 2021-2022 season until the safety of its young performers is more certain.

24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals car show returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, organizer of America's premier hot rod and custom car events, is returning for the 24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by …
Luke Murphy, “CampFire 2.1,” 2020.

Luke Murphy debuts solo exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting “Pixel-by-Pixel: Interventions by Luke Murphy,” which is the first solo museum exhibition for the New York City-based artist, on view through April 10, 2022.
Youth Theatre has Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.,  which is co-directed by Matt Harris and Alexandra Utpadel, music-directed by Luke Ottinger on July 1 - 10, 2022.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre announces remaining shows

During the All Together Now performance on Nov. 14, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre announced the shows that will be produced during the remainder of its 2021-22 season.
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